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Polenta orange and poppy seed cake drizzled with icing and with one slice removed

Gluten free polenta orange syrup cake

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A lovely moist cake with a fruity flavour. This recipe uses polenta so is also gluten free.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:12
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 3 3 Egg(s) (free range)
  • 110g 4 oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 110g 4 oz Butter (unsalted) melted
  • 1 1 Orange(s) zest and juice
  • 225g 8 oz Polenta
  • 1tbsp 1tbsp Baking powder gluten free
  • pinch pinch Salt
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Poppy seeds

For the syrup

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C, gas mark 3). Line a 20cm (8 in) round cake tin with non-stick baking paper.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Whisk the eggs and sugar until thick and mousse-like. Beat in the melted butter and orange juice.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 3 3 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 110g 4 oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 110g 4 oz Butter (unsalted) melted
    • 1 1 Orange juice
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Add the polenta and baking powder, followed by the orange zest, salt, poppy seeds and vanilla, beating well.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 225g 8 oz Polenta
    • 1tbsp 1tbsp Baking powder gluten free
    • 1 1 Orange zest
    • pinch pinch Salt
    • 50g 1⅞ oz Poppy seeds
    • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    While the cake is cooking make the syrup – put all the syrup ingredients into a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved completely. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

    Ingredients for this step

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Remove the cake from the oven and make holes in it with a skewer. Pour over the hot syrup and leave to cool. Serve as it is or top with icing and orange and lemon slices.